CDW Weekly Wrap-Up

November 24, 2021

A Message from Ms. Santa

Why does Gratitude Matter?

According to, gratitude is beneficial for many reasons:

  • Positive emotions open us up to more possibilities.
  • Positive emotions balance out negative emotions.
  • One positive emotion often leads to another.
  • Gratitude can lead to positive actions.
  • Gratitude helps us build better relationships.

I am extremely grateful for the CDW Parent(s)/Guardian(s), Students, and Staff! Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Just a reminder, at the bottom of each CDW Weekly Wrap-Up are upcoming, important dates. The December dates have been added!

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CDW's Daily Pieces of Gratitude

Each day of November leading up to Thanksgiving, Ms. DiPisa announced students via OTBN to go to the library to add a feather to the Gratitude Turkey of CDW. See the final product below!
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PTO Clubs

The next session of after-school clubs begins the week of January 3, 2022. The PTO will have a lottery on for signups starting this Saturday, November 27th at 10:00 AM. Make sure to get your name on the list!

Clubs being offered:

  • Eco-heroes
  • Digital Filmmaking
  • Book-Making and Calligraphy Club
  • The Science of Star Wars
  • Disaster Island
  • Flag Football
  • Culinary Creations
  • Volleyball

Wounded Warrior Project Assembly

John and Sam Bilali, CDW 7th Grade Students, raised over $2,500 fundraising for The Wounded Warrior Project. As a thank you for their hard work, The Wounded Warrior Project provided us with an incredible assembly.

On Tuesday, November 23rd, CDW was honored to welcome Cindy Parsons, the mother of Sergeant Shane Parsons, to come speak to the students about the Wounded Warrior Project. Cindy traveled to Old Tappan from Ohio to share her powerful story of perseverance. Each grade level was given the opportunity to hear Shane and Cindy's story through a presentation and a Q&A session.

The Art of CDW

Ms. Watters continues to fill the hallways of CDW with the creative art work produced by our talented students.

The 2022 NASAO International Aviation Art Contest

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Photo Retakes are Tuesday!

Photo retakes will be provided to any CDW student on November 30, 2021. Please see the flyer below.

Please note: If a student wishes to take a new photo, he/she must bring back the packet (minus any class composite) and return it to the photographer on Tuesday.

Please also note: The Lifetouch photos will be provided to the yearbook committee to use in the 2021-2022 CDW Yearbook.

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8th Grade Information from Mrs. Richardson

If your child is applying to BCA/Tech, Private School or Boarding School, all forms must be given to Mrs. Richardson by December 1.

On November 19th, Mrs. Richardson submitted all transcripts for students applying to Catholic School.

You should have received communication from NVOT about the 8th Grade Open House Q&A Session that will be held virtually on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 6:00 PM. This is an opportunity to learn more about NVOT and answer any questions you may have. These sites offer a comprehensive introduction to NVOT.

Should you have any questions regarding the application process to other high schools, please contact Mrs. Richardson at

November District Newsletter

Here is the November edition of the District Newsletter that Dr. Da Giau sent out earlier today.

Mr. L's Updates

Reminders and updates from CDW's Student Manager

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Intramural Sports Program

Ms. Brock - Intramural Dates & Activities

December through January - VOLLEYBALL

January through February - BADMINTON

March through April - BASKETBALL


Remember, the intramural program runs throughout the year, so medical information can be submitted when your child wants to join. Please submit all PPE / HHQ documents to Mrs. McCarthy ( and forward all intramural-related emails to Ms. Brock (

Preparticipation Physical Evaluation (PPE)

Inter-Scholastic Sports and Intramurals

Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes

History Form

Concussion Management Guidelines

All of this information can also be found in the Student Handbook.

Sports Spectators

Charles DeWolf Middle School will continue to follow and enforce the following safety measures in respect to indoor athletics.

1. Basketball players are permitted to play without a mask when they are in the game.

2. Basketball players that are on the bench are required to wear their masks.

3. All spectators are required to wear a mask when attending an indoor sports activity.

Any questions, please contact Mr. Lauriello @

Upcoming Assembly

On Monday, December 6, 2021, Charles DeWolf Middle School will host Timothy Shoemaker. He is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer, and consultant. His notable career has been praised by state and national politicians, profiled by several media outlets, and referenced by influential parenting sites. In addition, his latest eBook, There's More To Life, has been acclaimed by teens and parents alike.

Tim's story has touched many lives and rewarded him with a truly rare blend of experience. He now gifts that powerful experience to others, delivering it with enticing details, penetrating clarity, and a disarming wit that has endeared audiences of all backgrounds. Using logic, tact, and leadership, Tim's innovative techniques inspire self-motivated success.

The Grade 5 and Grade 6 Assemblies will be, "Emotional Resiliency."

The Grade 7 and Grade 8 Assemblies will be, "Mental Health/Decision Making- Digital Dangers: Best Practices for Online Citizenship."

There will also be a PARENT ASSEMBLY from 6:30-7:30 PM on December 6, 2021 at CDW. We look forward to seeing you!

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Winter Concerts

Band- 5th and 6th Grades:

There will be a winter concert on Wednesday, December 15th at 7:30 PM.

  • Students should report to their assigned classroom no later than 7:15 PM the night of the performance.
  • The concert will be held in the CDW Lynch Gym.
  • The concert will be approximately 30-45 minutes.
  • The concert will include performances from both the 5th and 6th grade bands.

Band- 7th and 8th Grades and Choir:

There will be a winter concert on Thursday, December 16th at 7:30 PM.

  • Students should report to their assigned classroom no later than 7:15 PM the night of the performance.
  • The concert will be held in the CDW Lynch Gym.
  • The concert will be approximately 45 minutes to an hour.
  • The concert will include performances from both the 7th and 8th grade bands and the CDW Choir.

Please reach out to Mr. Rosolanko with any questions about band at, and please reach out to Ms. Osbahr with any questions about choir at

CDW Musical

Is your child interested in being in this year's CDW Musical?

  • There will be a student information meeting with Ms. Osbahr in the Music Room on Monday, December 20th at 3:00 PM.
  • There will be a Parent Informational Meeting on Tuesday, December 21st at 6:00 PM at CDW.

Nex-Trex Plastic Recycling Challenge

We are collecting plastic film in the containers outside of CDW. Once a month, from October through April, our CDW students in the Environmental Justice classes will retrieve the collection bags, weigh the contents, and track our collections. Our custodians will then bring our recycling to the collection center. In April, we will find out how our school ranked in the collection of recyclable plastic film. If we collect the most in our school size category, we could win another Trex bench for our outdoor classroom! Please see the flyer below for more information!
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8th Grade Information from Mrs. Richardson

Mrs. Richardson's 8th Grade Google Classroom is up and running. All information regarding applying to other high schools is posted there. Additionally, all information that pertains to NVOT is also posted in her classroom, including any communication from NVOT.

Every 8th Grader has been invited to the class and has access to the information.

Once first marking period report cards are generated, she will forward the records to the schools. If you have any further questions, please email Mrs. Richardson at

CDW Clubs 2021-2022

Updated information about the clubs that CDW offers will be posted onto our CDW Clubs Webpage. Students also hear OTBN Morning Announcements for more information.

More clubs will be added as their schedules are confirmed.

NJHS Information for the Current 7th Grade Students

Membership in the NJHS at Charles DeWolf Middle School will be open to seventh graders who meet the criteria at the end of the third marking period. Please visit the NJHS Webpage for more information.

Art Room Supplies Needed!

Please have your child bring the needed art supplies to Ms. Watters in Room 106.
  • Plastic Bags
  • Magazines
  • Newspaper
We thank you in advance for your support!

See the Flyer from Ms. Watters HERE.

Chromebook Insurance Information

If you would like to purchase insurance for your child(ren)'s school issued Chromebook, please refer to the information below.
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Join the PTO!

The PTO is looking for volunteers to join the board and committees for next year!

Volunteers play a huge part in the PTO, and what they are able to offer our students and teachers. Without volunteers, many of the programs that students, teachers, and families enjoy will not be able to happen. Volunteer descriptions can be found at: under "More Info" and then "Flyers."

If you have interest in joining the PTO Board, joining or running a committee, or just want to learn more- please reach out to the PTO by visiting and selecting "Contact Old Tappan PTO" under the Help tab.

COVID-19 Reminder

If a member of your household has tested positive (or is waiting on Covid-19 test results), please do not send your child(ren) to school and contact Mrs. McCarthy, our school nurse, to inform her. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Santa or Mrs. McCarthy.

If Your Child is Not Feeling Well

In an effort to minimize the potential spread of illness (Covid or non-Covid) at school, please keep your child home if he/she:
  • has a fever. Students should be fever-free for 24 hours without medication prior to returning to school.
  • is nauseous or is vomiting.
  • has diarrhea

Due to Covid-19, if your child comes to school with the following symptoms, Mrs. McCarthy, our school nurse, will call you to pick up your child from school:

  • At least two of the following symptoms: fever, chills, rigors, myalgia, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, congestion or runny nose; OR
  • At least one of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new olfactory disorder, new taste disorder.

Any student who falls into one of the categories above will be required to have a negative Covid-19 test to return to school. If your child has a chronic illness with one or more of the above symptoms, please contact Mrs. McCarthy so she is aware.

Anytime your child is not feeling well, and will not attend school, please contact Mrs. McCarthy at 201-664-1475 ext. 2103.

Travel Quarantine Requirements- updated

The CDC has updated its guidelines regarding international travel. Starting November 8, students who travel internationally will not be required to quarantine following their return to the United States. The United States is requiring a negative Covid-19 test to re-enter the US (from any international destination), so quarantine will not be required. We still ask for families to monitor their child(ren) for symptoms upon their return and quarantine if symptoms surface.

You may visit the CDC Travel Website HERE.

Important Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up Reminders

Please see the information below to ensure that pick-up and drop-off procedures are safe and efficient for our students.


  • The drop-off line is a continuously moving line. Please do not park in the staff parking spaces along Interschool Drive to drop off your child(ren). Children are exiting their vehicles and heading towards the sidewalk, and this causes an unsafe walking zone.
  • Please remind your child(ren) to exit the vehicle and walk behind your car.
  • Parent(s)/Guardian(s) should not exit the vehicle. If your child(ren) need assistance, the staff members are there to help.
  • Please do not use the right lane to drop off your child(ren). This lane is designated for cars moving through to the exit.


  • Please arrange a meeting area with your child(ren) so that you can locate them efficiently.
  • Please do not park and/or exit your vehicle regardless of your child(ren) being at TBD or CDW.
  • Please do not block designated emergency lanes that connect TBD and CDW.

General Traffic Rules Regarding Parking

  • Never park in a "No Parking, Fire Lane." These lanes are designated with yellow paint in diagonal lines on the pavement along with the words, "No Parking Fire Lane."
  • Never park along a curb that is painted yellow and leave your vehicle unattended.
  • Do not double park (park your vehicle beside another vehicle that is in a designated parking space).

Mark Your Calendar


Thursday, November 25th and Friday, November 26th~ School Closed for Thanksgiving Recess

Tuesday, November 30th~ Picture Retakes


Thursday, December 2nd~ 8th Grade LA Renaissance Testing

Wednesday, December 8th~ PTO Holiday Shop during Lunches

Wednesday, December 15th~ Winter Concert 5th and 6th Grade Bands 7:30 PM

Thursday, December 16th~ Winter Concert 7th/8th Grade Bands and Choir 7:30 PM

Monday, December 20th~ Musical Student Information Meeting after-school with Ms. Osbahr

in the Music Room

Monday, December 20th~ Marking Period 2 Mid-Point

Tuesday, December 21st~ Musical Parent Meeting 6:00 PM

Thursday, December 23rd~ 12:30 PM Dismissal for Holiday Recess

Friday, December 24th-Friday, December 31st~ Holiday Recess

Old Tappan School Year Calendar - 2021-2022

Click here to view the calendar.